30 Sep '17, 1am

Commentary: What's wrong with 'Made in Singapore'?

SINGAPORE: For 10 years, singer Nathan Hartono toiled quietly on home ground, hardly noticed by his fellow Singaporeans. It took a second-place finish in last year’s Sing! China competition to propel him to the fore of the Singaporean consciousness. Many others in the local creative industry have, on and off, bemoaned a lack of recognition at home. Often, local recognition is predicated on external validation or absent altogether. While there have been some positive stories recently about local musical talent such as Gentle Bones and The Sam Willows being recognised and suitably lauded locally, the narrative surrounding local talent still seems to contain a preponderance of scepticism, if not negativity. This “foreign is better” belief has been a key bone of contention that interviewees have raised in some of my conversations with them on "On the Record". EVERYONE ELSE IS ...

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